More than half of 15 to 18 year old children of Gaza show signs of suffering full or partial post-traumatic stress disorder (PSDT)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/gaza/11020070/Gaza-conflict-causing-PTSD-in-children-after-seeing-dead-bodies-and-witnessing-heavy-shelling.html

A 9-year-old girl is covered in shrapnel wounds at Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City

A 9-year-old girl is covered in shrapnel wounds at Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City Photo: Rex

More than half of 15 to 18 year olds in Gaza show signs of full or partial post-traumatic stress disorder after seeing dead bodies and witnessing heavy shelling, according to a new study.


It found 91 per cent of the teenagers reported seeing mutilated bodies on television, 88.5 per cent had heard artillery shelling, 86.6 per cent had seen the aftermath of shelling, and 86 per cent had heard the sound of war planes overhead.

Professor Panos Vostanis from the University of Leicester’s Greenwood Institute of Child Health, one of the co-authors of the study, said: “The toll on the mental health of these young people tends to be exacerbated by poverty, which is endemic in Gaza. It’s a double whammy for many of them.

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